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  1. Flatlander

    New law gathering personal information from travellers in Spain, starting Feb. 2023

    I think you may well be. I think also that there may be a cultural difference too. A lot of us have. Do you always offer your details when asked? Have you ever withheld your Credit Card either in a physical store or online and either cancelled the transaction or paid in a different manner? If...
  2. Flatlander

    Training for Camino?

    I'm going to come at this from a different perspective. I think the language we use can be very important and training, for me, is rarely a pleasant occupation. I prefer preparing, or better still, practising. That covers all the cases mentioned above - the physical preparation. But what of...
  3. Flatlander

    Cycling Camino Portuguese (costal variation) + Camino Spiritual

    That has become my preferred way of doing things too. Travelling (usually) solo, it is a much simpler proposition than being responsible for four, though. :) Thanks! No, I'm Irish, but a former resident of the Flatlands. My handle is an homage to some great Texan musicians and perhaps a...
  4. Flatlander

    Cycling Camino Portuguese (costal variation) + Camino Spiritual

    Sorry to be pedantic but..... Is going to bring on some unnecessary ire. Pilgrim path, Camino, are all perfectly usable phrases without reinforcing the notion that a person on a bike is breaking some rule or law. Most of the time a bike has just as much right to be present as a pedestrian...
  5. Flatlander

    Cycling Camino Portuguese (costal variation) + Camino Spiritual

    Because you asked! :) I notice from your CT picture that you haven't added any waypoints to add your own spin to the route, hence it it using its own algorithim to create the route. That will balance low traffic roads, climbing, surfaces, and scenic impact. There's a reason it's keeping you...
  6. Flatlander

    Cycling Camino Portuguese (costal variation) + Camino Spiritual

    Have you considered the logistics of returning the bikes at the end? Will you be renting that too or bringing your own? Bringing your own will require compatibility with the racks on the bike. Renting may mean one of the cheap "all-in-one" sets of panniers that can be a PITA to use, especially...
  7. Flatlander

    Cycling Camino Portuguese (costal variation) + Camino Spiritual

    I wouldn't trust Google maps as far as I would throw it for planning a bike route. The distances should be accurate but as always the devil is in the detail. Road surface and climbing will have a far greater affect on the journey than simple distance. I do not trust Google climbing...
  8. Flatlander

    How do you manage to overcome your language learning laziness?

    My experience with all things Google (Navigation and Translation) is that an 80:20 rule applies: 80% of the time it's fine and does the job but 20% of the time it can land you in deep doodah! The problem is that we often don't discover that until we're in that doodah. I find SpanishDict to be a...
  9. Flatlander

    How do you manage to overcome your language learning laziness?

    If you look on YouTube there are many resources that depend on a relatively short commitment of time. Of course, most of these are English/Spanish which may be more difficult for you. And some are designed for American Spanish so not 100% applicable to Spain. I use Duolingo and their "Streak"...
  10. Flatlander

    Recommendations for “not to be missed” & “ok to skip”

    Ah, it's the very act of travelling by bike that makes me a monstrosity for some on here. :) @hikermomma04 At the risk of excommunication from the forum, aside from the Camino routes there are many long distance hiking routes in and around Spain. They are normally labelled as GR with a...
  11. Flatlander

    Recommendations for “not to be missed” & “ok to skip”

    Ah, but I didn't mention being the best, I referred to looking for the best. They're different. Sorry to go off topic..... I'm one of those terrible, selfish monstrosities - I ride a bike. My "Camino" (Saint Jean to Santiago) was only a part of a longer, round trip to and from my front door...
  12. Flatlander

    Recommendations for “not to be missed” & “ok to skip”

    Thank you There's a line in a Ray Wylie Hubbard song that goes something like.... The days I keep my gratitude higher than my expectations I have pretty good days. I firmly believe that the language we use (most especially in our internal monologues) is critical. I try not to grade my...
  13. Flatlander

    Recommendations for “not to be missed” & “ok to skip”

    I think this is a very interesting topic and one that I'll approach, perhaps, from an unusual angle. But first, the logistics of what you seek may be difficult. Leaving a town or city with a large industrial area is easy - order a cab and ask to be dropped out the road. At the other end or in...
  14. Flatlander

    New law gathering personal information from travellers in Spain, starting Feb. 2023

    Just FYI that can cause all kinds of problems if you ever lose your phone. Been there, done that and it's not fun Only if the establishment allows it. Not every establishment does. With some you can pay via Booking. With some they use the card as a "holder" for the reservation but you pay the...
  15. Flatlander

    New law gathering personal information from travellers in Spain, starting Feb. 2023

    @Juanma I think you will find that you receive more support if you focus on the impact for the traveller and not yourself. This is a forum for all things Camino related - very few members are in your shoes, but many, many are in walking shoes going place to place. As an example, dismissing the...
  16. Flatlander

    New law gathering personal information from travellers in Spain, starting Feb. 2023

    That's standard procedure in some campsites that I have stayed at in Spain. I imagine it will become more common. If that's all it is then there should be no problem but...... Is taken from the link to the actual legislation. That is far too much information to be seeking and to be storing.
  17. Flatlander

    New law gathering personal information from travellers in Spain, starting Feb. 2023

    No. Such information is common in many different countries If you want to drum up some support it would be helpful to list just what that extra information is rather than just using bigger, bold letters. It seems what's new is a home address and the travellers' relationship if a minor is...
  18. Flatlander

    Santiago to Leon backwards?

    The best thing to do, I imagine, is to make contact with any companies providing the service and asking them. You've mentioned May to August but don't actually say how long you plan to be in Spain. If you plan on walking no more than 10km per day Sarria to Santiago will take 10 days ish...
  19. Flatlander

    Could I donate an "official" stamp to a monastery/ church/ cloister which doesn't have one but is on a signed route?

    I mean no disrespect and I don't want to appear negative and there's every possibility that I'm a bit odd but...... To present a stamp that you commissioned to a religious order with (presumably) a long history, its own way of doing things going back how long? could be seen as pushy at best and...
  20. Flatlander

    Could I donate an "official" stamp to a monastery/ church/ cloister which doesn't have one but is on a signed route?

    I'm a little bit confused by the use of the term "pilgrim stamp". There are very few buisnesses that don't have a stamp - although it will probably only bear company name, address, tax numbers etc. I'd be very surprised if the shop doesn't have one, for example. It may just be a simple case of...

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